If you’ve ever had it you know it is absolutely awful.  Like the worst flu you’ve ever had in your life.  Plus your boob hurts.  And then…..while you feel like death and your rock hard, red, painful boob hurts….you’re supposed to attach yourself to your wiggly, uncooperative, only wants to pinch said painful boob and kick you while nursing, baby.  Because he’s the only one that can actually fix the problem efficiently.  No, mastitis is NOT fun.  I came down with the chills Tuesday night and I should have known then.  By Friday morning when I stood up out of bed, I knew.  I’ve had mastitis several times with Taryn and one other time early on with Jonah and it always amazes me how quickly it comes on and becomes systemic.  I started supplements right away since we try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible.  By the 3rd day though, I was getting worried that it wasn’t getting any better, even with me throwing everything I knew to do at it.  I know people think I’m crazy for not just taking the antibiotics and feeling better within a day and over the last 5 days I thought, more than once, that I’m crazy too.  But but but…..I’ve worked so hard over the last 3 plus years to heal my gut and I finally feel so much better.  And I don’t want to tear Jonah’s gut up either.  I remember taking antibiotics when Taryn and I had thrush when she was about Jonah’s age and both really did a number on her gut, skin, etc.  I don’t want to run the risk of doing that to him, I’ve worked hard on his gut health too.  So, I’ve been fighting it naturally.  I did so successfully last time and was better in 2 days.  I’m not sure why it took so much longer this time but man, it really kicked my butt.  Thank God for a supportive husband who drops everything and takes over all my responsibilities plus his own.  I’m finally doing much better today, no more flu like symptoms but a lot of breast pain still remains, I think it’s just bruised, at least I hope that’s the case and the mastitis doesn’t return.  I’m ready to start a new week and feel well!  Breastfeeding is hard, but so so worth it.